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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly...  View more >

Starring George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong...  View more >

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Jan 20, 2020
The first thing you should notice is the camera. It follows the action just as if YOU were there in the thick of the whole experience. There are no scene changes. It is amazing.

I have to say that I liked Saving Private Ryan a little better simply because it was more interesting. There were more people to follow and to become attached. In 1917, you only have 2 people with which to associate. If someone is taken out, you will only have one and you just know they are not going to kill him.

As far as the cinematography goes, I do imagine it will win an award. It is remarkable. I recommend seeing it on the BIG SCREEN for that reason only. Otherwise, watching it on your home video system is just watching it at home on your home video system without the strangers.
Jan 23, 2020
I was highly anticipating the release of 1917, and it took me until now to see it because of its limited release and my desire to see it in a larger theater (as opposed to a small under-equipped auditorium).

While my anticipation was rewarded, and I do not regret seeing it, it's not the kind of movie that one should run out and see as soon as possible in the best theater possible. It's a good movie, and it is technically excellent, but I would not give it my vote for Best Picture of 2019.

1917 takes a first-person observer approach to telling the story of two soldiers sent on an errand to stop two battalions from being slaughtered on the battlefield. The stakes are raised due to the fact that one of the soldiers has a brother among the ranks he's tasked with saving.

The first-person observer approach is done by having the viewer experiencing everything as it unfolds, while never cutting away to other proceedings. If our two main characters didn't hear or see it, neither does the viewer. This is very effective, but it also limits the storytelling. There is very little in the way of character arcs, story building, or any extraneous storylines.

That works for the purposes of letting the viewer focus and make their own determinations about what they are seeing and hearing, but it really limits the enjoyment of the movie upon retrospect. This is one of those movies that you will see once, and then likely never need to see again. Is that a bad thing? No, but I think it limits its standing as a movie in one's collection.

The world-building, cinematography, and musical score are all excellent. You feel as though you are trudging through war-torn areas, exploring destroyed buildings, and entering dangerous enemy territory. Rather than a "shaky cam" approach, the camera work is very smooth, with possible overuse of the slow-spin around the main characters. The music was subdued for most of the movie, but near the end, the foreboding tones reminded me of the score for Batman Begins.

This is a movie well worth seeing, but probably not more than once.

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